Travel the Southern Way Home

By Tom Valdes

Recently named one of the best places to live in America, Athens and its surrounding areas are a picture perfect example of Southern living at its finest.
Residents of The Georgia Club are able to enjoy the charms of Athens and the entire Piedmont region right in their own backyards. Imagine a place where neighbors are like family, and a stroll to the nearby Dawg Park means a whole lot more than just a walk.
The Georgia Club’s newest neighborhood, Bent Pine, offers masterfully planned homes and even incorporates a central green space that’s perfect for summertime gatherings. There are 45 home sites here, 14 of which are on slightly larger parcels on the golf course, while the other 31 are on wide boulevards with alleyways accessing the garage, tucked behind the house and out of sight.
With floorplans ranging from 2,800 to over 4,300 square feet, Bent Pine celebrates a new iteration of New Urbanist living, restoring the aesthetics of a bygone era while sacrificing nothing in contemporary comforts.
Now that summer is upon us, there’s no better time to see the area and experience what life here is like. Take a break from downtown and experience the 27 holes of championship golf offered at The Georgia Club. From straight fairways to challenging traps, there’s something for everyone and every skill level. When you’ve had your fill of golf for the day, enjoy a sweet tea or lemonade from one of the restaurants throughout the property. Residents enjoy top-notch meals, which rival any specialties found downtown, just steps from their classic front porches.
Athens, otherwise known as the Classic City, boasts a mind-boggling number of boutiques, taverns, nightspots, and eateries. The town that loves its sports, its art, and its shopping is also the town that eats well. Choices are numerous and prices are great, a boon to both tummy and wallet. Ask the locals about their favorite spots to hear enthusiasm unchained.
Looking for something more low-key? A gentler, slower Athens awaits at the wonderful Georgia Museum of Arts, the official art museum of the state of Georgia, housing a diverse collection of folk art, fine art, and sculpture while welcoming all ages with free admission, as well as seasonal workshops for kids. Welcoming, too, is the Lyndon House Art Center, which supports local artists and is both a museum and a lovingly preserved home of the antebellum South.
With so much to do and see in the region this summer, you’ll find yourself wondering how to become a local. In between golf shots, shopping sprees, or sips of sweet tea, take a moment to appreciate the scenery and the people who live here. Discover the magic of the region this summer and see how you can find your best, next home.
Visit The Georgia Club at 1050 Chancellors Drive in Statham, Georgia. Or call 770.725.4700.


Tom Valdes is President of Real Estate at The Georgia Club in Athens, Georgia. With more than 40 years in the real estate industry, Tom’s combined sales are in excess of 2,000 residences and over $1 billion in sales revenue. Tom has been with The Georgia Club for the last 13 years and provides classic southern living in a premier country club community.  Contact Tom at